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28 Jan
Leading the EYFS-Securing Outstanding Provision (for PVI settings)
• Know how to effectively monitor and evaluate EYFS provision including the continuous curriculum indoors and outdoors, the role of the adult and the daily routine • Planning for future success • Evaluating the impact of your plans, sharing good practice and devising next steps
28 Jan
Writing Moderation: Mid Year Checks - Year 5
During the session participants will • be guided through the process of moderating a collection of work and making judgements • examine particular statements and objectives (those that can be a little ‘tricky’ to judge) in depth • work together to look at a range of samples from their own schools and moderate these, discuss future actions and needs and agree achievements Any information that has been published, by the Government by this date, regarding end of year statutory or teacher assessments will be shared at these sessions
29 Jan
Verb Tenses and EAL Learners
Verbs and tenses are often difficult for EAL learners. During the first session we will explore: • explicit teaching of tenses in the context of the curriculum; • the importance of role models and • scaffolding to support EAL children. During session 2 we will look at: • practical classroom approaches/sharing good practice, • successful strategies and resources.
30 Jan
Maths Curriculum Design Programme - Intent, Implementation and Impact
Session 1 - CURRICULM INTENT In this session subject leaders will look at creating a curriculum intent for Maths in school focussing on the ‘why’. Using advice from Ofsted and local schools, we will look at ways to ensure that this vision is shared with all stakeholders. This vision will then form the foundation of a curriculum design and in the session we will evaluate the school’s current provision, identified areas for development and look for ways in which this can match the school’s intent. Curriculum mapping will be started. An interim task will be set to support the development of this curriculum intent. Session 2 - CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION How can we revisit previously learnt knowledge to support children in making links and remembering key knowledge without squeezing other areas of the Maths curriculum? This session will look at how a little and often approach for some curriculum areas can be interwoven into the curriculum. Using experience from local schools, participants explore different approaches and evaluate these against their schools’ curriculum needs. There will also be opportunity provided for participants to continue curriculum mapping. Session 3 - CURRICULUM IMPACT How do we know what we are doing has been successful? In this session participants will complete their curriculum mapping and consider ways in which they will evaluate the impact and plan for a sustained implementation. Guidance from the EEF and Ofsted will be used to support participant’s thinking in this session.
30 Jan
SENCo: Assess, Plan, Do, Review PART 3: Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) including Dyslexia
• National picture; overview of developments in SpLD and potential impact on practice in Gateshead schools and settings • Expectations of schools as they implement the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle for children with SpLD • Referrals to High Incidence Needs Team (HINT); using information, advice and strategies to implement and evidence the graduated response

Latest News

Half Term Sports Camps
16 Jan
Keep the kids active during school holidays... Want to get the kids off the couch during the school holidays? Then why not join one of GO Gateshead's sports camps at Gateshead Leisure Centre. Perfect for children aged 8-14 years, the camps will offer a fantastic range of activities from, Clip n' Climb to trampolining, badminton to basketball, swimming to dodgeball. Your kids will stay active, have fun and make friends. Getting children active is not only our passion - it's something we're great at too. We provide children with the opportunity to try new sports, have fun, and really make the most of the school holidays. You can trust GO Gateshead to provide a service that is enjoyable, positive and safe. Our Sports Camps are suitable for children between 8-14 years and cost £15 per day. Lunch is not included in the price and children should bring a packed lunch or money to purchase lunch from the cafe. To book Gateshead Leisure Centre click here To book Gateshead International Stadium football camps delivered in partnership with Gateshead FC click here To book Blaydon Leisure Centre soccer school delivered in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation click here
Council legal team advise schools to be careful regarding unauthorised purchases
15 Jan
Schools are reminded of the importance of ensuring your staff are aware of internal procedures for entering into new contracts. Such contracts should only be entered into by those with appropriate authority to do so. Legal Services have been contacted by a number of schools where: Unauthorised staff (including teachers) have entered into contracts with software “app” providers; and Unauthorised staff have signed up for “free trials” but forgotten to cancel before they rollover into a paid subscription. This includes websites such as “The Big Classroom”. Please be aware that online purchases can still give rise to legally binding contract, under which your school is required to pay the subscription fees. To avoid this problem, we would advise schools that: You should ensure non-authorised staff are aware of your school’s contracting procedures; All such spend should be co-ordinated centrally (for example, through your school business manager etc.)
Thursday 6th February
15 Jan
Time to Talk Day - Thursday 6th February On Time to Talk Day we want everyone to have a conversation about mental health – whether that’s texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or organising a stigma-busting event. We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to. This year, we're using the popular game 'Would you rather?' to help break the ice and get the conversation flowing. Help planning your activityFrom a coffee morning at your work, to a stall handing out materials at your local train station, there are lots of activities you can do to get people talking on Time to Talk Day. Use our handy guides handy guides to help you plan an activity and get people talking,
Top 10 contract pitfalls to look out for in 2020
10 Jan
Are your school entering into new contracts in 2020? Check out this article it provides practical tips and advice on the top 10 contract pitfalls to look out for when engaging a new supplier. Please read the attached article with some helpful advice. If you would like any further information please contact me on:- Kieran McGaughey Commercial Solicitor Legal, Democratic and Property Corporate Services and Governance Gateshead Council Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 1HH. Tel No: (0191) 433 2382 Fax No: (0191) 433 2103 Email: kieranmcgaughey@gateshead.gov.uk
Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Young People into 2019
17 Dec
The Schools Health Education Unit have just released a report, taking the emotional temperature of young people across the country.Some of the findings confirm what may have been suspected about a decline in their wellbeing, while other findings are new and surprising -- for example, that the self-esteem of young people in secondary schools appears to decline during the first half of the school year. Headline Findings • Boys had significantly higher self-esteem than girls; this difference becomes more marked as children get older. 32% of boys in Year 4 had high self-esteem in 2018; this compares with 28% of girls in Year 4, 47% of boys in Year 10, and 29% of girls in Year 10. Scores for primary pupils are higher than ever. • Pupils report decreasing levels of satisfaction as they get older, with the gap for girls widening more than for boys (74% of boys/75% of girls in Year 4 drops in Year 10 to 62% and 48%, respectively). • Girls worry significantly more than boys, particularly as age increases. The biggest differences are for issues including school-work, family and the way they look. • Family was the most common source of support or information for most topics. • When young people have a problem or feel stressed, they often listen to music, but also report talking to family and thinking on their own. 6% of older females report self-harm when stressed. • Boys feel more at ease when meeting people of their own age than girls. • The oldest girls (Year 10, 14-15yo) score less well than all other groups for self-esteem, resilience, worrying (for any topic and multiple topics), satisfaction with life and social confidence; girls’ scores on well-being scales are not much difference to those of those of boys of the same age. To read the report in full please click here